People fear losing independence. They fear losing their bodies, their minds. While they fear dangerous entities or secret governments or oppressive systems, more than anything they fear losing power over themselves. Those organizations just tend to lie adjunct to those fears.
This is the root of all dystopian novels. The system may have shifted into something horrible, but the true horror is becoming something you’re not. And people will go to terrible lengths to preserve their souls.
In Fahrenheit 451, this meant hiding the bible under your bed and reading stories you don’t quite understand just to learn something different and purposeful about the world.
In Lathe of Heaven, this meant drugging yourself until your uncontrollable mind stopped ripping the world, your world, to shreds.
In Skyrim, this meant building secret shrines of Talos and being willing to die by Thalmor hands while praying at the altar.
Wednesday May 15th, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed an anti-abortion law that would ban abortion in almost all cases, save when a mother’s life was in jeopardy. While Roe v. Wade has been in effect around the nation since 1973, allowing first-trimester abortions for any woman, this law changes that for Alabama women. Now they or even the doctors performing the procedure could go to jail.
After seeing how much ass he kicked in Captain America: Civil War, it’s no wonder why Marvel fans are craving to see his first Marvel Cinematic solo feature. After the sloppy, overstuffed mess that was The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we can certainly see why. Homecoming will certainly be an awseome way to kick off the 2017 summer movie season next May. Of course, what is any summer blockbuster without a high-speed hype train? In addition to Kevin Fiege promising a John Huges-style screenplay, the cast attached to it is pretty damn impressive as well. We’ve got Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as iron man, Marissa Tomei returning as the unexpectedly attractive Aunt May, Michael Keaton reportedly playing the Vulture (Finally! Birdman 4!), and even Childish Gambino himself playing a part. There are even some cast members that you may not have heard of, but are nonetheless welcome additions to the movie. (more…)
A few months ago, we here at NerdBastards let you know about the train-wreck that was Allegiant. This film was plagued by an awful script, pointless CG effects, and an overall dull experience. This came as no surprise to many of you, as most YA movies are notorious for being bland and unappealing outside their pre-teen audience. In addition, Lionsgate, the studio that behind the Divergent films, hasn’t exactly had a good year. From the notoriously awful animated film Norm of the North to the bloated mess that was Gods of Egypt, all of their 2016 wide releases so far have received scathing reviews from critics and audiences. One could easily blame Lionsgate’s CEO for letting these movies happen in the first place, but apparently, he feels the same way we do. (more…)
Warner Bros. is certainly in a tight spot. After Batman V Superman’s massive second weekend drop, the company is pretty much scrambling to reassure their financial success. Recent rumors suggest that Warner Bros.’ knee-jerk reaction to this was to focus all of their resources on their tentpole franchises, abandoning their smaller-scale and original releases. Of course, house favorites like Christopher Nolan, Clint Eastwood, and Ben Affleck will still make movies for them, but smaller films like Midnight Special may be denied by WB in the near future. One of the biggest alleged casualties from WB’s restructuring is the live action adaptation of Death Note, which was recently dropped by the company. Fortunately, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and there is still hope for the film.
Terminator: Genisys was released last year, plenty of fans considered it to be the official death of the Terminator franchise. Even with Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role, Genisys still disappointed fans with its numerous plot holes, contradictions, and overall disregard for the franchise’s mythology. As if the cold reception from fans wasn’t bad enough, the film absolutely tanked at the domestic box office. Even an amazingly delicious burger at Red Robin couldn’t get more people to see it. Sure, it was able to find financial success overseas, but by then the damage was already done to the film’s reputation. The franchise indeed seems to be dead and buried, but its star begs to differ.
While the release date for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is still over a year away, shooting has begun on the film, and most of the main characters (that we know of) have been cast. But there’s always room for more big names in big films, it seems, and today we learned that the Harry Potter pseudo-prequel has gained another big name, in the form of a big man: Ron Perlman – Hellboy himself – has joined the cast, according to a THR report.
Who’s ready to have their mind blown this Sunday morn?
While sticking to the vaguest of vagaries that ever done vagued (I definitely made one of those words up), Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest claims to have an EXCLUSIVE (WORLD STAR!) plot outline of JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. Purposefully keeping it hazy as hell (the spoilerphobes thank you, Mr. Faraci), Devin described the basic set-up while still leaving much to the potential viewer’s imagination. (more…)
The childlike wonder with which Mark Wahlberg delivers the declaration “GUYS, I THINK WE JUST FOUND A TRANSFORMER!” will go down in the annals of history as maybe one of the best line readings EVER. Despite having hated all of Michael Bay’s previous Transformers motion pictures, my ticket for Terry Hoytes v. Robots is 100% sold (fuck Batman v. Superman — this is the really real cinematic showdown). Now there’s an international trailer (complete with Chinese (?) subtitles) to sell the remaining few of you who weren’t already down with this clash of titans. (more…)
I usually feel like a colossal piece of shit when I root for a film to fail (because who knows how art will age, be viewed in the context of history, etc.), but I definitely think I can make an exception when it comes to Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man films. These ‘movies’ are artless, consumerist dog-piles; the worst examples of comic book anti-cinema being authored by a boardroom full of bottom-line motivated suits. But it looks like we’re going to be spared another feature-length trailer for future franchise installments for at least a little while longer, as Sony may be pushing Marc Webb’s third pile-driver of fuck back until 2017 (though ‘never’ is certainly the better option). (more…)
Death is a natural part of life, but don’t tell that to fans of NBC’s Community, whose rabid support for the show went from admirable to stomach-turning overnight. When NBC announced that the sitcom wouldn’t be returning after Season Five, my Twitter feed was filled with enraged shouts, damning the network for taking away their precious baby and even (in some extreme cases) threatening boycott of all future programs belonging to the peacock. It was a filthy display of entitlement that showed how ungrateful its ‘cult’ supporters could be (the network did ignore terrible ratings and renewed the show four times over, after all).
Well, it seems that Dan Harmon, despite being courted by Hulu to bring the show to its streaming services for Season Six, shares my somewhat bleak outlook on going back to Greendale Community College. The series has survived so much at this point, maybe it’s time to just put a period at the end of its sentence. (more…)